The Waterside House Hotel, Donabate, Dublin


Based on 11 reviews

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Samphire is a dining concept brought about by the pressing need for more diverse restaurants in the North Dublin area. Our mission is to deliver “Classical French Cuisine with a Modern Irish Twist” in a setting with spectacular sea-views.
More than being just a catchy name above the door, I wanted the restaurant name to relate both to the menu and our setting. Samphire is one of my favourite vegetables and it literally grows on our doorstep here in Donabate. One of our managers suggested Samphire, in that instant I knew we had the perfect name.
We strongly believe in supporting businesses in our community and where possible we source all of our ingredients locally including fish, vegetables and meat. With many Fingal famers now growing & producing vegetables & foods that could only be sourced abroad, it is now viable to source a greater portion of the food locally than just a few years ago. We are privileged to have a special relationship with some local farmers such as Brian Carrick who grows seasonal crops required by our menu’s on a plot of land reserved especially for Samphire.
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Posted 18th Sep 2014 by SARGENewbie: 35 reviews

We arrived here and our table Was ready, we were seated at the window, what a fabulous setting.
Nice wine list and good value,
We had the set 4course menu and no issues with the choice on the menu or indeed the size of the portions. We had pate and fish cakes for starters, followed by rack of lamb and salmon.
Staff were attentive and polite, and overall I was very happy with the experience.
Try it you won't regret it.

Posted 25th Feb 2014 by AISLINGGRANT31740015First Timer: 2 reviews

My boyfriend book this as it was were we first met! I have to say i was blown away both by the food and service !!!! Food was amazing, and service was outstanding! certainly great value for money, have been to fine dining restaurant at a lot more expense. this is without doubt my top fine dining experience!!!!

Posted 3rd Feb 2014 by CAREBEARGuru: 95 reviews

I was looking forward to my visit to Samphire because of the great reviews I have read and am delighted to say I was not disappointed! The food is amazing. I had risotto for starters and pheasant for mains, both delicious with quite generous portions. We were also given bread (cute little loaves) before our meal with olive pesto and butter which I couldn’t resist. The service was by far the best we’ve had in a while. Our waiter (Tibor!) gave excellent recommendations and was both friendly and courteous. There is also a great sea view if you’re lucky enough to get a window table. The only downside for us was the lack of atmosphere but this may be down to the quite night we were there. Would highly recommend

Posted 20th Sep 2013 by LIGHT AND TASTYConnoisseur: 33 reviews

We were in the area and Samphire was listed on our dining card so we booked for Sunday lunch. Well, what a treat! From the delightful dining room with fabulous views ( we got a window table) to the impeccable service and unusual table decor, it was a very pleasant setting. And the food was faultless - really excellent. Our dining offer was valid on the Lunch menu which is very good value for top quality cuisine. Pâté, samphire, chicken, butternut squash and more - everything was super. Looking forward to returning when we are that way again.

Posted 29th Jul 2013 by IDOYLEHANDFirst Timer: 1 reviews

Amazing culinary experience, service impeccable and food Michelin quality. Could not fault anything about our meal in this wonderful restaurant, presentation and taste of food excellent and attention to detail superb. Would highly recommend same, fantastic value for money, we will be back.

Posted 2nd Jun 2013 by KITTYANDPINCHYConnoisseur: 28 reviews

I've heard it said of many places but Samphire truly is a hidden gem which we only discovered through our stay at the waterside house hotel. The fact that we didn't see an empty table in the place either at lunch, dinner or anywhere in between is testimony to the fine food and equally fine service! The amuse bouche of crab with lemon mousse and grapefruit jelly was a lovely start to the meal, as were the freshly baked, warm selection of mini loaves of bread. The menu was great value at €30 for 3 courses – all of the food was presented beautifully and tasted fantastic. For an intimate bolthole from city life I can’t recommend this place enough.

Posted 18th May 2013 by ANGELGOURMETGuru: 105 reviews

Dined in the Samphire whilst on an overnight stay in the hotel. This is a small, cosy restaurant and it was particularly enjoyable the night we were there as there was a raging storm outside. Service was prompt and staff very pleasant. We loved the freshly baked miniature loaves of bread that were brought to our table -you get these whether you are having soup or not. Our meals were delicious and presentation was top class. and it was such a pleasure not to have to stick our noses outside afterwards. Definitely worth a return visit.

Posted 19th Feb 2013 by FOODIE100Guru: 73 reviews

we had dinner here last night for my daughters birthday. There were 10 of us. the restaurant had been highly recommended and we were looking forward to a high class meal at a reasonable cost. We all agreed that the food was good but not exceptional. 3 of the main courses were cold when they arrived and the pork was particularly fatty.
The desserts were terrific and the service was good. We might go back but there are too many restaurants offering similar and better out there.

Posted 2nd Jan 2013 by TREAFirst Timer: 1 reviews

On new years eve.we had a fabulous meal in the Samphire Restaurant .From start to finish ,the food was amazing ,while the restaurant was busy ,the service was excellent ,the staff were so friendly and cheerful and were very helpful with the menu ,my friend is coliac and the waiter was very helpful to her in choosing her dishes . The presentation of the food was a masterpiece ,and tasted so.....good.
Samphire is destined to become number one Restaurant in north County Dublin .
The best meal we have had out in 2012

Posted 12th Dec 2012 by LOCKSFirst Timer: 9 reviews

If you want fine dining at very reasonable prices,you must try Samphire in Donabate.
The Restaurant is part of the Waterside Hotel.
This was my second visit within a month and have booked again for just after Christmas.
Although its a little far out from the city,the hotel will do a deal to include B and B
This is Michelin star food.
Have a good selection of wines
If this restaurant was in Dublin City centre it would take months to get a reservation.

Paul Mc Laughlin
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